//Doc in the dock over missing kidney

Doc in the dock over missing kidney

HYDERABAD: City police reportedly took into custody a doctor on Monday night to question him about the illegal removal of a kidney from a labourer at a private hospital at Mirchowk six months ago.

Police said the victim, B Venkatesh, 48, of Ponganur village in Chittoor, met a doctor at the Osmania General Hospital (OGH) for treatment as he was suffering from severe stomach pain due to ulcer, but the doctor took Venkatesh to another hospital at Mirchowk.

After conducting medical tests, the doctors told him that an operation has to be performed to cure ulcer and admitted him in the hospital.

The doctors discharged him after eleven days of the surgery by giving him Rs 2,000 towards medical expenses. In fact they dropped him at the Kachiguda railway station.

But, two weeks ago, Venkatesh again started suffering from severe stomach pain. He contacted a doctor in his village who confirmed that his left kidney was removed. The case came to light when Venkatesh sent a petition to chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

The officials in the CM’s peshi forwarded the petition to the director general of police who in turn directed the city police to investigate the case.

"We are unable to locate the hospital where the surgery was performed as Venkatesh himself was not aware of the hospital in the city,” deputy commissioner of police (south) Sandeep Shandilya told TOI on Tuesday.

Venkatesh told the police officials that he was not able to locate the hospital as the doctors accompanied him to the hospital in the night. "We are trying to collect more details from the doctor who first met Venkatesh at the OGH,” an official said. 

Police said an ultrasonic test conducted to Venkatesh at the OGH on Tuesday had confirmed that his left kidney was removed.

He was later sent to his relatives house. "We will try to identify the hospital in the city with the help of Venkatesh on Tuesday,” the official said.

Police said that it might be the handiwork of corporate hospitals which usually arranges kidneys for needy patients by colluding with brokers.

Based on a complaint lodged by Venkatesh on Monday, police registered a case under Section 3 and 4 of SC and ST Atrocities Act, 18 and 19 of Human Organs Transplantation Act and cheating under Section 420 of Indian Penal Code.